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sullivan 1The Horror of Baseball: A Review of Sullivan’s Sluggers

Sullivan’s Sluggers originated as one of the many Kickstarter grassroots projects that have flooded the internet in recent years. While it pigeonholes itself comfortably into predictable tropes familiar to the horror genre, it exhibits more… [more]

Man of Steel-SA Tale of Two Choices—Reflections on Man of Steel

Warning: If you somehow have managed to not see Man of Steel or had its controversial ending spoiled, turn away. In The Man of Steel from 2013, Superman faces a man that appears to be… [more]

SuperiorSpidey_CoverSuperior Spider-Man #14 Review

Superior Spider-Man #14 Written by Dan Slott Art by Humberto Ramos and Victor Olazaba Colors by Edgar Delgado Published by Marvel Comics Rating: 9 (of 10) “Otto’s ambition, confidence and preparation in Superior Spider-Man #14… [more]

your-latest-moody-superhero-the-wolverineThe Wolverine is a Cut Above the Rest

(Sorry about the headline. Low-hanging fruit.) A few months ago I sort of picked apart the trailer for The Wolverine and voiced my disappointment in the direction that they’d seemingly taken the movie in. I… [more]

The Wolverine (2013) posterHalf Action Movie, Half Art Film, The Wolverine Delivers

The Wolverine has everything fans require. It’s got lots of great actions sequences, culminating in a big showdown. But it’s also got some art-film DNA in the mix. It’s an action film that also works… [more]

CatalystComix_CoverCatalyst Comix #1 (of 9) Review

Catalyst Comix #1 (of 9) Written by Joe Casey Art by Dan McDaid, Paul Maybury and Ulises Farinas Colors by Brad Simpson Published by Dark Horse Comics Rating: 7 (of 10) “Catalyst Comix #1 is… [more]

Dexter #1Not Your Television’s Dexter: On Dexter #1, from Marvel Comics

Dexter #1 Writer: Jeff Lindsay. Art: Dalibor Talajic. Cover: Michael del Mundo. Variant cover #1: Dalibor Talajic. Variant cover #2: Ive Svorcina. Publisher: Marvel Comics. I’m a sucker for serial killers. They’re my guilty pleasure. I… [more]

CAP08COVCaptain America #8 Review

Captain America #8 Written by Rick Remender Art by John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson & Scott Hanna Colors by Dean White Published by Marvel Comics Rating: 9 (of 10) SPOILERS! Captain America should be dead.… [more]

movies-man-of-steel-henry-cavillThe Man of Steel Lacks Heart, Brain, Courage

It’s been two days since I saw Man of Steel and I haven’t stopped talking about it. Wait, let me revise that. It’s been two days since I saw Man of Steel and I haven’t… [more]

unchained_coverReview: Superman Unchained #1

Superman Unchained #1 Written by Scott Snyder Art by Jim Lee, Scott Williams and Alex Sinclair Letters by Sal Cipriano Published by DC Comics Review by Markisan Naso Rating: 6 (of 10) SPOILERS! When I… [more]

Man of Steel posterZack Snyder’s Revisionist The Man of Steel

The Man of Steel is very much Zack Snyder’s. But that doesn’t mean what we thought it did. (As usual, here there be spoilers.) Prior to the film’s release, super-hero fans had a lot of… [more]

nightlynews1Review of Nightly News

When I was in college, I was a big Warren Ellis fan and my favorite comic was his Vertigo series, Transmetropolitan. That comic made me want to become a journalist. The story’s main character, Spider… [more]

Flash Gordon: On the Planet MongoOn Alex Raymond & Don Moore’s “Flash Gordon: On the Planet of Mongo”

It would be far easier to discuss those relatively few aspects of sci-fantastical fiction which haven’t been in any way influenced by Alex Raymond and Don Moore’s Flash Gordon. Even those genre creators who reject… [more]

scan0078The Best of All of Us: “Doctor Who: Death to the Doctor,” by Jonathan Morris and Roger Langridge

In which the blogger hopes that folks might stick around while he discusses a thoroughly fine and not unimportant story which many of you probably haven’t read, but which you really might want to, regardless… [more]

Enterprise (Star Trek into Darkness still)Star Trek into Darkness Hostile to Star Trek, Intelligence

Before we continue, I need to issue the obligatory spoiler warning. In order to really get at what’s going on in this film, I’ll have to talk about its plot. So if you haven’t seen… [more]

star_trek_into_darkness-HDJohn Harrison is the New Joker

I just got back from watching the brand new installment of J.J. Abrams’ reboot of the Star Trek film franchise, Star Trek into Darkness. Without going into a full-scale review, I would say that this… [more]

star-trek-countdown-coverOn Star Trek: Countdown and Necessary Movie Tie-Ins

I’m not really one for movie tie-in comics because the whole idea just seems so superfluous to me. Artists on these comics are in an awkward position where they are either criticized for not making… [more]

Iron Man 3 poster #2Why Iron Man 3 is the Best Iron Man Film to Date

Iron Man 3 might not be an Avengers-like, nonstop action fest. But it’s the best of the three Iron Man films. In fact, it’s the only one that really understands the character.

Iron Man 2 image (Tony Stark)On Jon Favreau’s Iron Man 2: What Tony Stark Once Suffered to Learn, Tony Stark Soon Forgot

Everyone’s at least something of a villain in Iron Man 2, except for some of our superhero’s friends and those thoroughly unaccountable Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and yet one of the very worst of the bad… [more]

Private Eye 1Vaughn and Martin Unleash The Private Eye

A few weeks ago I talked a little bit about the new book that Brian K. Vaughan is working on, Saga, a planetary romance that he co-created with the brilliant Fiona Staples. Saga was one… [more]

250px-JTHM1How Far is Too Far?: Excessive Violence in Johnny the Homicidal Maniac

For centuries, writers all over the world have seen the word censorship as a dirty word. And rightly so. No self-respecting writer wants his/her intellectual property to be covered up as though it wasn’t good… [more]

Picture2Humbled – A Building Stories Non-Review

Let me be frank – this is not a review of Building Stories (Published by Pantheon Books, 2012) by Chris Ware (Published by Mr. and Ms. Ware, 1967). Nor is this an attempt at analysis,… [more]

mscsi2On My So-Called Secret Identity

My So-Called Secret Identity: not just principled, smart and promising, but repeatedly downright enjoyable. Every story contains any number of manifestos. The less a comic’s creators focus on a precise expression of their own beliefs,… [more]

Demo, Volume 1Demo Volume 1 Review

The first volume of Demo was an impulse buy for me. I knew nothing about it, although the cover image of a red and pink punk rock couple lost in a sea of dour, grey… [more]

The Way We Write coverThe Way We Write – A Review

The Way We Write by Rachael Smith centers on the actual band Her Name is Calla from England.  Unfamiliar with the music, I researched the band and found the music to be dense, atmospheric, and… [more]